MARINETTE, Wis. — A student armed with a handgun held nearly two dozen students and a teacher hostage in a Wisconsin high school for about five hours before shooting himself when police broke into the classroom, authorities said. No other injuries were reported.
Officers who were outside the Marinette High School classroom said they heard three gunshots shortly after 8 p.m. Monday and burst through the door, Marinette Police Chief Jeff Skorik said. The 15-year-old male gunman then shot himself.
Skorik said the teen was in grave condition Tuesday.
Officials earlier had said there were no reports of shots fired, but student Zach Campbell said he and his classmates had been watching a film about Greek myths at the end of the school day when the hostage-taker pulled out a gun and shot the projector. He then fired another shot.
“It was a very scary event,” Campbell said. The teen made students put their cellphones in the middle of the room and broke his own phone when it rang. The class then spent six hours talking to him about hunting and fishing.